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Understanding Events: From Perception to Action

Thomas F. Shipley and Jeffrey M. Zacks


We effortlessly remember all sorts of events — from simple events like people walking to complex events like leaves blowing in the wind. We can also remember and describe these events, and in general, react appropriately to them, for example, in avoiding an approaching object. Our phenomenal ease interacting with events belies the complexity of the underlying processes we use to deal with them. Driven by an interest in these complex processes, research on even perception has been growing rapidly. Events are the basis of all experience, so understanding how humans perceive, represent, and act o ... More

Keywords: perception, experience, visual perception, motor control, linguistics, computer science, detect, classify, remember, act

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195188370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas F. Shipley, editor
Temple University

Jeffrey M. Zacks, editor
Washington University, St. Louis

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Part I Foundations

Part II Developing an Understanding of Events

Part III Perceiving and Segmenting Events

Section I Perceiving Action Events

Section 2 Segmenting Events

Part IV Representing and Remembering Events

Section 1 Representing Events

Section 2 Remembering Events